Season 4 episode 5 of “Homeland” was all about Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her quest to extract intel from drone strike survivor Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma). After Carrie’s secondary team member Fara Sherazi (Nazanin Boniadi) caught a glimpse of presumed dead terrorist Haissam Haqqani with Aayan in episode 4, Carrie persuaded Aayan, the nephew of the Taliban leader, to open up to her during Sunday night’s latest installment. With Carrie busy working her newest source in “About A Boy,” her crew was left to their own devices. Here are the top three moments from Sunday night’s episode:
Aayan opened up about Haqqani
Carrie, still working under the guise of being a journalist with the ability to remove Aayan out of harm's way in Islamabad, Pakistan, convinced Aayan to open up about his wanted uncle following their sexual rendezvous in the safe house. Treating the intel session like an interview for an article, Carrie discovered that Aayan was close to Haqqani before the drone strike in episode 1 which was believed to have killed him.
“There’s a rumor going around that your uncle wasn’t killed in the attack,” Carrie said.
“No, no, no. That’s not true. I saw his body. He was there!” Aayan said, calling the rumors of his relative’s existence “insulting.”
Despite Aayan’s original upset over the talk about his uncle, Carrie's openness in discussing her relationship with Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and the existence of her daughter Frannie appeared to soften his resolve. During the episode’s final moments, Aayan revealed a secret to Carrie, telling her that his uncle is unwell, but still alive.
“You see I take him medicine. He is very, very sick. I had to tell you, I don’t want to lie to you anymore.” Aayan said. “It’s a secret though. You can’t write about it. You can’t tell anyone … He is the only family I have left.”
Carrie embraced Aayan after the reveal and agreed to keep Haqqani’s existence a secret.
Quinn lashed out at Carrie
Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) appeared less than thrilled by Carrie’s methods of acquiring information from Aayan, especially following the reveal of his speculated feelings for the station chief during episode 3. After days of Carrie missing key moments in the field, including another one of Fara's Haqqani sightings, Quinn visited Carrie and Aayan’s safe house to confront her.
“Why don’t you tell me just what it is your doing in there?” Quinn said.
“I’m recruiting someone” Carrie explained.
“Really? Because to me, it looks like you’re f—ing a child.” Quinn said.
When Carrie tried to reason with Quinn, telling him that she only seduced Aayan because of her limited time with him in the safe house, Quinn made it clear he wasn’t a fan of her actions.
“Is there no line, Carrie? Is there no f—ing line” he said.
“What is to you anyway?” Carrie responded.
“Nothing,” Quinn said. “Enjoy it.”
Saul was kidnapped
After days of unsuccessfully trying to follow Carrie’s orders and leave Pakistan, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) made his way to the airport in route back to America. Unfortunately for the former CIA director, his travels did not go off without a hitch.
Upon arriving to the airport, Saul spotted the man suspected of helping kill CIA chief Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), Farhad Ghazi. After unsuccessfully reaching out to Carrie, he called Quinn and informed him of Farhad’s plans to travel to Johannesberg. With his eyes still on the suspected ISI worker, Saul watched him as he suspiciously exited the plane’s line for boarding to make a last minute trip to the bathroom. After two men in suits exited the restroom, Saul entered, only to be attacked by an unknown man with a syringe as Farhad looked on. Saul was later seen being pushed out for the restroom in a wheelchair under the guise that he was sleeping.
We later saw Saul in the trunk of Haqqani’s car during one of Fara and Quinn's attempts to trail Haqqani. Saul's kidnapped status, however, remained a secret to Carrie and her crew.
Will Saul be rescued? Does Quinn have feelings for Carrie? What will happen to Aayan? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
“Homeland” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on Showtime.